By Jack Cunningham

17th Jul, 2021 | 10:40am

Paul Merson baffled by the way Everton fans have reacted to Rafael Benitez

Paul Merson has been speaking in his latest column for the Daily Star, and he has slammed some Everton fans for their reaction to Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard managed 350 games as Liverpool boss, and when he was first linked with the Toffees job, banners abusing Benitez appeared at Goodison Park [Daily Mirror].

These were then followed by one banner left near the Spaniard’s home, which warned Benitez not to take the Everton job [Daily Mail]. Of course, he ignored all that and is now preparing his side for the upcoming season. Sky Sports pundit Merson, though, is baffled by some Everton fans’ reaction to Benitez’s appointment [Daily Star].

He said: “Rafa Benitez is a phenomenal appointment for Everton, and I’m flabbergasted their fans aren’t doing cartwheels about it.

“I’d be dancing in the streets! He’s one of the best managers around. It’s Liverpool fans who should be going mental.

“I can’t understand Everton fans who don’t like this appointment. Who did they think they would get?

“He thinks he can do something special. He wouldn’t have taken the job otherwise.

“But you’re only as good as your players, and they need to back him in the transfer market. They need to deliver for him.”

Is Merson right?

This seems like a bit of an unnecessary dig at Evertonians. Due to Benitez’s connections with Liverpool and the fact he called the Toffees a “small club”, it is understandable why some Everton fans weren’t keen on the appointment [Daily Mirror].

However, now that he is their new manager, we would expect them to back the Spaniard, and with his trophy record, he could be the man to bring a trophy to Goodison Park.

It should also be noted that while Benitez was at Newcastle United, Merson claimed that the Spaniard wasn’t good enough for Arsenal, but now, Everton fans should be grateful to have him [Daily Mail]?

It seems to be very contradictory and possibly designed to get a reaction from some Toffees fans.

Either way, Benitez might not have been a favourite for many Everton fans at the beginning, but you would think most of them will back him now that he is the manager.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are unwilling to match the valuation for reported target.

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